When I was kid, growing up in Cincinnati, I had only one dream job: to be a professional athlete. It didn’t matter if I was a starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds or a tight end for the Cleveland Browns, it didn’t matter. As long as a team was paying me to play, I would be happy.
But every athlete reaches a certain point in their life: The point in their career when they know they aren’t good enough to compete. My realization came early, in sixth grade. I took not one but two baseballs to the face during a practice. My lip busted and bloodied, I realized I would never be good enough to achieve my dream of being a professional athlete.
It wasn’t until I was put on the “B” team in seventh grade basketball that I had an epiphany: If you can’t beat them, write about them. I was already hoarding copies of Sports Illustrated and spending half of my free time watching ESPN, so I figured being a sports writer wouldn’t be a bad way to make a living.
I stuck with football through high school, only because Cincinnati Moeller doesn’t cut players. I never rose above third string on the depth chart, but it didn’t matter. I had found a new passion: the school newspaper. My new love would take me all the way to journalism school at Ohio University.
In college, my athletic career was all but over. Outside of a pickup basketball game here and there, my workouts consisted mainly of 12 ounce curls. But my new-found love for sports news kept me busy. With the first two bowl game victories in Bobcat history and a Sweet 16 run in basketball, there was no shortage of stories.
Though I’m new to the area, I’m excited to call Portsmouth my new home. I can already see how highly the community values high school athletics, so I will hold myself to the highest standard. You should expect only the best coverage from me, and I hope to hear from you if you feel I don’t meet that expectation.
Being a sports writer for the Daily Times may not be my dream job. But it’s close enough.
Alex can be reached at 353-3101, ext 294, or on Twitter @alexhider